2.) Atlantic Wall

  • 2018-12-28
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
By 1942, it became clear the bulk of the German army was engaged in a life-and-death struggle with the Soviet Union. 

Hitler realized defending Western Europe from a damaged, yet not defeated, Great Britain and the awakened United States would be a top priority.

A million slave laborers built menacing coastal guns, garrisons of concrete and steel, airfields, and laid tens of millions of mines stretching from the Arctic Circle to the Spanish frontier.

As the tide turned against Nazi Germany, it became clear an invasion was coming. The question was, where would the Allies land.

When 155,000 Allied soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944 – not the heavily fortified Pas-de-Calais as expected – its defenses were overcome within hours. 

Nonetheless, casualties were heavy, particularly at Omaha Beach where the Americans were nearly thrown back into the sea.

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